Playmaking for Writers: Collaboration from Page to Stage


Fall 2023

Professor Neal Bell

Tu 3:05-5:35 p.m.

128 Bryan Center John M. Clum Seminar Room

No S/U

Pre-req (see DukeHub) or instructor consent

Theater Studies Major - Area 4 Dramatic Writing

Scheduled concurrently with THEATRST 380S-2 Playmaking for Actors and Directors (Professor Jeff Storer, 127 Bryan Center Rehearsal Studio).

Dramatic writing for stage, screen or film, is not meant to be read, like a novel or poem, it's meant to be performed. In this class, student writers explore the 'liveness' of dramatic writing in collaboration with actors and directors. Starting with writing exercises that aim at the core concept of 'dramatic action', students' progress to self-generated works. Semester ends with public presentation of student work as brought to the stage by the companion section for actors and directors. Prerequisite: one previous dramatic writing course in playwriting, TV writing, or screenwriting.


Prerequisite: One dramatic writing course. See DukeHub.


Prerequisite: One of these writing courses: ARTSVIS 303S; CINE 302S, 303S, 304S, 305S, 306S; ENGLISH 224S, 225S, 226S, 227S, 228S, 272SA, 316S-1, 317S; MUSIC 220S; THEATRST 216S, 273S, 280S, 282S, 282SA, 285S, 425S; VMS 220S, 321S, 338S, 360S, 387S.

Curriculum Codes
  • W
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • ENGLISH 316S-1
Typically Offered